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Trump touts voter appeal while Kasich doubts any GOP candidate will get enough delegates

A day after Republican presidential candidates took back their pledges at a CNN town hall to support the nominee, Donald Trump seemed to warn party leaders not to block his nomination. Meanwhile Sen. Ted Cruz campaigned in Madison for a "celebration of women," Gov. John Kasich stumped in New York state and Hillary Clinton blasted Trump for “bluster and bigotry.” John Yang reports.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Wisconsin's primary is less than a week away, and the stakes keep getting higher, as party divisions appear to grow more deep.

    John Yang is in Wisconsin for us, and reports on the day's events.

  • DONALD TRUMP, Republican Presidential Candidate:

    The Republican Party hasn't treated me properly.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Donald Trump started his day in Green Bay, touting his strength with voters and seeming to warn party leaders not to block his nomination.

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    They haven't treated me fairly. But I have got millions of more votes and we have got a movement going on. Millions of people are voting that didn't vote before.

  • JOHN YANG:

    That followed last night's CNN town hall, where the Republicans backed off previous commitments to support their party's eventual nominee.

  • ANDERSON COOPER, CNN:

    Do you continue to pledge whoever the Republican nominee is?

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    No. I don't anymore.

  • ANDERSON COOPER:

    You don't?

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    No, we'll see who it is.

    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: Let me tell you my solution to that.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • SEN. TED CRUZ:

    Donald is not going to be the GOP nominee. We're going to beat him.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

    GOV. JOHN KASICH (R-OH), Republican Presidential Candidate: If the nominee is somebody that I think is really hurting the country and dividing the country, I can't stand behind them, but we have a ways to go.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Today, Trump argued that he, not Ted Cruz, would be the strongest choice against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the fall.

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    He will not be able to beat Hillary. And believe me, the one person she doesn't want to run — and I know this for a fact — the one person she doesn't want to run against is Donald Trump.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Trump again defended his campaign manager, who's been charged with misdemeanor battery, for allegedly grabbing reporter Michelle Fields.

    By contrast, Cruz was in Madison for what he called a celebration of women. He appeared with his wife, Heidi, and former rival Carly Fiorina.

  • SEN. TED CRUZ:

    I have news for the Democratic Party. Women are not a special interest. Women are a majority of the United States of America. This campaign, at its core, I believe, is about three issues: jobs, freedom and security. And women, every bit as much as men, care about jobs, freedom and security.

  • JOHN YANG:

    John Kasich stumped in New York state, which votes on April 19, stopping in Queens this afternoon.

  • GOV. JOHN KASICH:

    Nobody is going to have enough delegates going into the convention. Ted Cruz now needs almost 90 percent of all the remaining delegates to be the nominee. That is not going to happen. Trump needs about 55 percent or more. That's not going to happen.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Clinton was also in New York, which she represented in the U.S. Senate. Campaigning in Harlem, she blasted Trump for bluster and bigotry.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: When a candidate for president says we can solve America's problems by building walls, discriminating against people based on their religion and turning against each other, well, New Yorkers know better.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • HILLARY CLINTON:

    Our diversity is a strength, not a weakness.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Back in Wisconsin, Clinton's Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, insisted he's got the momentum at a town hall in Madison.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I think there was a poll just came out today in Wisconsin, similar to other polls, which had us beating Trump by big-time double-digit numbers.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • SEN. BERNIE SANDERS:

    In every one of these polls, virtually every one, not every one, almost every one, we do far better against Trump and the other Republican candidates than does Hillary Clinton.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • JOHN YANG:

    Tonight, Sanders continues to campaign in Wisconsin. And Trump and Kasich appear in town halls hosted by MSNBC.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang in Milwaukee.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Trump pretaped his town hall appearance this afternoon, and caused a new stir over abortion. We will look more closely at how he's managed to keep the spotlight on himself after the news summary.

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